We are excited to invite KS3 and KS4 pupils to a captivating and stimulating day of interactive talks and workshops promoting the compatibility of science and faith and gives students the opportunity to discover, discuss and debate the some of life's biggest questions.

God and the Big Bang?

God and the Big Bang is a project based at St John's College at the University of Durham. The talks and workshops equip young people with the tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in a rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion.

Research done by the project has shown that 56% of Year 11 students in Church of England schools agree that 'Science makes it hard to believe in God.  Engaging with scientists of faiths delivering the workshops gives students the tools they need to form their own opinions and consider the place for science in God's world.

We have some fabulous speakers for our event to include:

Matt Pritchard - Matt is a Science Magician, Curator of Wonder and is on the God and the Big Bang team as the Church-School Link coordinator. As an independent science communicator he performs to over 50,000 people a year and works with organisations like The Royal Institution, The Big Bang Fairs, and the Science Museum Group. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University, where he won the Institute of Physics' Postgraduate lecturer award. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham. In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 18 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle - one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association. In 2015 he was a finalist in the national Speaker Factor competition. He attends his local church in Birmingham with his wife and children.

Dr Lesley Gray - Lesley has a PhD in Physical Biochemistry from the National Institute for Medical Research. Currently a teacher at St Albans School,  she teaches Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology, and is a Housemaster and Head of PSHEE. She is a Girls Brigade Officer and write resources for Youth for Christ, is a speaker at conferences including New Wine and Spring Harvest. She trains churches to use Science to teach the Gospel, including as a workshop leader at OneWay UK's Creative Ministries Festival and publishing 'Science experiment of the month' for their newsletters. She is best known for setting fire to the carpet of a church in Wales while leading an All Age Service!

Sarah Moring - Sarah is the God and the Big Bang Schools Development Officer, a role she started after completing a degree in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Lincoln and a Masters degree in Science Communication at Imperial College London. She has always loved asking questions and finds joy in the mysteries both science and faith have to offer. Sarah is part of the Young Christian Climate Network and is part of the youth team at her church in Manchester.

When:    Wednesday 2nd November 2022 

Time:      10am to 2.30pm 

Cost:       £10 per pupil

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